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Aushon BioSystems Forms Scientific Advisory Board

Aushon BioSystems, Inc., a leading provider of advanced microarray products and laboratory services for biomarker discovery, development and analysis, announced today the formation of a Scientific Advisory Board consisting of internationally renowned physicians and scientists at the forefront of applying biomarker technology in clinical drug development.

Consortium Develops Algorithm from Blood-Based Alzheimer’s Biomarkers

In a study appearing in the newest issue of the Archives of Neurology, members of the Texas Alzheimer’s Research Consortium reported that they have identified protein biomarkers in the blood that can be used to distinguish between individuals with and without Alzheimer’s disease.

$9.1 Million Grant To Improve Drug Therapy Using Gene Profiles

The National Institute of General Medical Sciences has awarded a $9.1 million, five-year grant to The Ohio State University for a study titled “Expression Genetics in Drug Therapy.” The goal of the research is to enhance drug response rates and reduce the number of adverse drug reactions among patients taking medication.

Plavix Biomarker Test Can Improve Patient Outcomes

In January, the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) released “Outpatient Prescription Anticoagulants Utilization and Expenditures for the U.S. Civilian Noninstitutionalized Population Age 18 and Older 2007,” a study from its October 2009 Medical Expenditure Panel Survey (MEPS). This report found that anticoagulant drugs were prescribed to more than 4.2 million Americans at a cost of $900 million and were paid for by patients and/or third-party payers.

UC San Diego Brain Tumor Treatment Program Launches Personalized Biomarker Clinical Study

The Brain Tumor Unit at the Moores UCSD Cancer Center at the University of California, San Diego in La Jolla, is launching a clinical trial that will examine the use of biomarkers to advance the treatment of malignant gliomas, brain tumors that start in the brain or spinal cord tissue. Annually, about 17,000 Americans are diagnosed with gliomas, which are difficult to treat and often fatal.